Above is the ugly couple trying to show some Christmas cheer (and failing). Rebecca, Betty, Ty, Stan and I wrote a piece on that photo and another one in "Fashion and Natural disasters" for Third on Sunday.
I like writing pieces like that. This our second or third. C.I. and Ava never participate, never want to but if Betty or Rebecca proposes it, they will be in there mixing it up to make sure it's on the to-write list and that it gets a fair hearing when written pieces are being looked at to determine which are strong enough to publish.
C.I. will tell you she finds the entire First Lady thing annoying and boring -- and she made comments at The Common Ills when women weren't standing up for Hillary that they -- especially Ms. magazine -- better not try to push a First Lady as a victory for women because that was a throwback to the fifties. So she largely ignores Michelle except to note how disliked Michelle is by military families (non-brass division).
But those pieces are fun to write. And The Fun Couple is in the news today because Barack's the most admired man (22% of Americans admire him) while Michelle is . . .
Well she made the list.
She wasn't number one.
That was Hillary Clinton.
She wasn't number two.
That was Sarah Palin.
She wasn't number three.
That was Oprah Winfrey.
But at number four, there's Michelle.
It's Hillary ninth year in a row at the top of the list. That's her time as a Senator and also her time as Secretary of State.
And she topped the list six times when she was First Lady.
So Hillary's been the most admired woman 15 times.
Michelle's never been it even once.
And I have to wonder, don't you think she spends enough time partying and planning to partying? And what about those awful outfits? She spends a lot of time picking those awful outfits out.
And yet she just can't make it to the top of the list.
Poor Michelle. A scowl just doesn't do what she wishes it would.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"